In this third edition, you will learn more about our efforts in building synergies to better harness the complexities of the digital transformation for inclusive development. The year 2019-2020 saw a consolidation of major efforts, while our partnership has also grown and deepened. A significant milestone was reached, with two external evaluations held over the last year (discover them here : MOPAN and here), acknowledging the good work done and the major steps achieved by leveraging the expertise and resources of all partners working together.
With this Year in Review, you can also (re)discover our initiative and its approach as well as the tools available through our online platform, and learn more more about the achievements of our unique partnership.
You will discover how the partnership has been consolidating its shared work of building a more inclusive and sustainable future for all economies, by turning digital opportunities into development gains. You will learn about the scope, impact and way forward of its main spin-off, the UNCTAD Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessments of Least Developed Countries. You will read about the deep and constant involvement of eTrade for all partners in the UNCTAD eCommerce Weeks. And you will also discover its work on building networks, with the implementation of the WEF-UNCTAD-led Pan-African Community on eTrade, and the new eTrade for Women Initiative, which will certainly be supported and leveraged by many eTrade for all partners. You will also (re)discover the tools available through the eTrade for all platform to support beneficiaries, partners and donors, to have a glimpse of «what’s on» in e-commerce and the digital economy, in one single place.
Global efforts are needed to minimize the risk of widening the digital gaps. Given the multifaceted character of the digital economy, policymakers should holistically address a wide range of policy areas to maximize potential benefits. Such an approach requires effective cross-sectoral cooperation within Governments and with other stakeholders. This is one of the main reasons that encouraged UNCTAD to take the lead on the eTrade for all initiative. Launched in July 2016, it is a collaborative effort to scale up cooperation, transparency and aid-efficiency in the field of inclusive e-commerce. This report will give you a snapshot of the first achievements of the initiative since its launch, and will give you a glimpse of the foreseen progress for the year to come.